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St. John the Evangelist Church on William Street in Pittston is hosting an Easter concert. Scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, the concert will feature the combined choirs of St John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Marello Parish, along with other instrumentalists. This concert is in observance of the Diocese of Scranton’s 150th anniversary and the theme will be “The Journey Makes Us One.” For information, call Frank Sciabacucchi at 570-954-0092.

Broom sale

The Jenkins Twp. Lions Club is selling long-handle corn brooms for $10 each. The corn brooms can be picked up at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building at 46½ Main St., Inkerman, Monday through Friday during business hours. For information, call the municipal building at 570-654-3315.

Purse bingo

The Pittston Twp. Little League and Softball League will be hosting a designer purse bingo. It will be held at the Swoyersville Hose Co., 299 Slocum St., Swoyersville. It is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance, and $30 at the door; tickets also include admission for one to the event and 20 rounds of regular bingo. There will also be specials, raffle baskets, and a 50/50 drawing. Refreshments and food will be available for purchase. To purchase tickets, call Joe Marranca at 570-840-6446, Debbie Marranca at 570-885-4412, Jeanna Mihalka at 570-237-0521, or Katie Noone at 570-899-8916.

Jenkins Twp. Little League

The Jenkins Twp. Little League is sponsoring a bus trip to Penn State’s annual Blue and White Football Game. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at Beaver Stadium at Penn State University. The Jenkins Twp. Little League is selling tickets on a first-come first-served basis. The cost per ticket is $40 and the bus will be departing from the Jenkins Twp. Little League field, 2 May St., at 9 a.m. promptly, as to get to the game on time. Spots will be filling up fast, so to reserve your tickets quickly, call Jason Eike at 570-212-2347.

Pittston Twp. sewer bill

The Pittston Twp. Sewer Authority wishes to remind its residents the sewer authority bills can now be paid by calling the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority at 877-830-0596.

Residents are also reminded they must obtain a sewer permit before starting to excavate for connection to the new sewer main.

Furthermore, the tap-in and connection fee must be paid in full in the amount of $1,432. Office hours are daily from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Call the sewer authority at 570-655-8747 for an appointment.

Scam warning

The Pittston Twp. Police are warning the public about phone scams involving persons posing as the Internal Revenue Service, PPL Electric, or family members in distress. The callers are demanding money and saying it must be paid through a pre-paid debit card, an iTunes Apple card or through a wire transfer.

If the victim refuses to cooperate, the scammers threaten the victims with arrest or loss of electrical service. In many cases the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

The callers may know a lot about their targets and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS, PPL Electric or a law enforcement agency is calling. Callers use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers.

Residents should be suspicious of unsolicited telephone calls. The best protection is to just hang up the phone when called by someone requesting personal or financial details. Talk to a family member or call your local police department before giving up money or personal information. In all of these scams, it is very difficult to recoup lost funds.

In addition to calling your local police, IRS scams can be reported to the Treasury Inspector General at 1-800-366-4484.

Crime Watch run/walk

The Jenkins Twp. and Yatesville Borough Crime Watches are hosting the inaugural 4-Miler Run. Scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, the 4-mile race will begin and end at the Pittston Area High School, 5 Stout St., Yatesville. The pre-registration fee is $15 until April 11; after this date the registration fee is $20. The registration fee is non-refundable and a short sleeve T-shirt is included for the first 50 registrants. Post-registration or race day registration will be from 8 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. and will cost $25. The race will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 11 a.m. Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners, as well as to the top three males and the top three females in the following divisions: 0-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. Checks can be made payable to the Jenkins Township/Yatesville Borough Crime Watch. Proceeds from this event will be used to help rebuild the Honor Roll Wall Memorial on East Saylor Avenue in Jenkins Twp. For information, call Wendy at the Jenkins municipal building, at 570-654-3315, or email at

Church meetings

The Rev. Stanley Oschman holds church meetings on Thursdays at Original Italian Pizza near Heather Highlands from 6 to 8 p.m. for dinner and bible study. The church has 16 core members and 40 to 45 members who reach out, volunteer, and do what they call “Church on the Road.” They go around to homes and arenas and play music for elder folks. The church has a fundraiser scheduled for April 21 dedicated to the crisis group Pathway. Pathway is a group for women in crisis and 100 percent of the proceeds from the show go to those women in need. The show is from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Heather Highlands community room. It is a dinner and a show and the cost is $25 per ticket.

Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch

The Jenkins Township Crime Watch will hold its next scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St, Inkerman. All members are encouraged to attend and new members are welcome. For information, call Chairman Joe Sperrazza at 570-654-3315.

Pittston Twp. meetings

The monthly meeting of the Pittston Twp. Supervisors is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St. For information, call the Pittston Twp. municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Jenkins refuse and recycling

The 2018 refuse payments were due by Jan. 31 with a $10 late fee added after that date. If payment is not made by May 31, all delinquent accounts will be sent a citation. If you have any questions, please call the municipal building at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins Twp. meetings

The Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors regular monthly is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St, Inkerman.

The 2018 monthly planning commission meeting is scheduled for the third Thursday of every month. The planning commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the municipal building.

Jenkins Seniors meeting

The Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization usually schedule their meetings for the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions. The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St. All seniors in the area are invited to attend and new members are welcome. For information, contact Jean at 570-654-9710.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to Ryan Canfield, John Willington and Michael Moran, April 16; Samantha Zalepa and Dayna Ruhf, April 17; Casey Thomas and Kimmie Sutkowski, April 18; Edward Campana, Brooklynn Gilpin, Crain Miller, Tim Bergling, Ricky Missett, April 19; Rich Hartranft, Mark Maros, Brittany Dunn and Nichole Blasi, April 20; Jordyn Smith and Jessica Frohman, April 21; and Rich Hudzinski and Rocco Lombardo, April 22. I hope it’s a great one!

Wise Words of the Week

“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.”— A.C. Benson

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To include an item in his column, email or call 570-430-1800 or 570-821-2002 by Monday.